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Walk 49: Ayot Short Loop

1.5 miles (2.5 km) with 19m total ascent

Photograph of the old church at Ayot St Lawrence part of Walk 49: Ayot Short Loop
A flat, pleasant and easy walk around the north side of the village of Ayot St Lawrence circling Ayot Park and passing Shaw’s Corner the former home of the author George Bernard Shaw. The walk starts and finishes at The Brocket Arms pub/restaurant which has a lovely beer garden.


Map for Walk 49: Ayot Short Loop Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors There is an interactive map embedded at the end of these directions
Map for Walk 49: Ayot Short Loop
Created on Map Hub by Hertfordshire Walker
Elements © Thunderforest © OpenStreetMap contributors

There is an interactive map embedded at the end of these directions
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1: Park opposite The Brocket Arms and head NE along the lane until you reach the bend (location - https://w3w.co/influencing.comb.churn). Here you take the bridleway on your left,  Ayot St Lawrence bridleway 10, and head NNE then NNW for 630m with Ayot House on your left. Continue until you reach a group of houses (location - https://w3w.co/driver.bucks.trucks).

2: Here you turn left on head SW on Codicote footpath 37 for 410m until you reach a gate in the corner of the field (location - https://w3w.co/zips.pill.meant).

3: Go through and head S on Ayot St Lawrence footpath 5 for 300m until you reach the gate leading to the churchyard of the new St Lawrence Church (location - https://w3w.co/beans.given.orbit).

4: Go through the gate, walk past the church and follow the path, Ayot St Lawrence footpath 6, S until it hits Bibbs Hall lane (location - https://w3w.co/wash.range.weedy).

5: Turn right on Bibbs Hall lane and look out for a footpath on your left after 45m (location - https://w3w.co/boats.string.order). This is Kimpton footpath 13. Take this and head S.

6: You will reach a bend to the left and a footpath T junction (location - https://w3w.co/than.tower.swept). Take the footpath on the left, Wheathampstead footpath 99, and head E until you reach the Bride Hall Lane (location - https://w3w.co/fears.jelly.soaks).

7: Turn left and follow the lane past Shaw's Corner (location - https://w3w.co/globe.desks.ears) and back to the village. On your way you will see the ruins of the old church on your left (location - https://w3w.co/zones.meant.tape).

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  1. Hi Dave nice gentle walk late afternoon . Have done other walks of yours around here lovely area . + a pint of Brocket to finish or did that come first 😂🤣 Thanks. .IR.

    1. Yes, a nice short walk. And the Brocket is always good for a pint. Did you know their Brocket Arms bitter is Tring's 'Side Pocket For a Toad' rebranded for the pub?

  2. I noticed it was brewed by Tring’s but did not know it was rebranded for the Pub. Thanks for information 👍

  3. A fantastic walk with kids. The two churches on the route are fascinating, The newer, palladian church is very unusual and beautiful. If you are National Trust members you can easily add Shaw's Corner to the route (though if you want to visit the house you have to book the day before). The pub at the start/end is also great for kids - play equipment and secret zoo! Will definitely revisit this one!

    1. So glad you and the kids enjoyed the walk; the shortest in our collection. The Brocket Arms is a great pub, both for real ale drinkers and kids. Glad they had a great time. Dave & Ellie


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